PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York
Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York (JFNENY) is seeking a strong and collaborative leader to manage the organization and its staff. The ideal candidate will have superb communication skills and a sense of sharing and caring among its community members.
This Federation is located in New York’s Capital Region, encompassing Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, Rensselaer, and Warren counties. The population of this community is 1.4 million people with a Jewish population of approximately 20,000.
The President and CEO will implement the strategic plan and help its on-going evolution. This leader will support and ensure our strategic goals of strengthening Federation’s ability to serve as a community builder, facilitator, and change agent; and sustain/enhance current initiatives designed to support a thriving, vibrant community that engages all Jews in the region in Jewish life.
The incumbent will be a seasoned fundraiser with a significant track record in fund development and in attracting high-net-worth individuals and others with untapped potential. S/he will have the vision and drive to take the organization to the next level while stewarding the existing donors.
S/he will cultivate volunteer leadership by partnering with the dedicated and knowledgeable community volunteers, particularly in educating and inspiring the next generation through relevant messaging and programmatic initiatives.
The mission of Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York is to build and maintain a strong and united Jewish community in order to ensure the creative survival and continuity of the Jewish people. Federation is the central agency in Northeastern New York for meeting Jewish needs and articulating Jewish concerns in the local community, nationally, in Israel, and around the world.
A three-hour car ride or Amtrak train ride from NYC, Boston, and Montreal, Albany is the capital of New York state. While state government is a principle employer, Albany has a large teaching hospital, law, and pharmacy schools.
Home to several highly rated public school systems and eight colleges and universities, this is a cultured environment of theatre and music. Additionally, the region is at the heart of Tech Valley, which represents the merging of entrepreneurial activity, high-tech companies, and educational facilities. Center stage to Tech Valley are The College of Nanotechnology at the University of Albany, SUNY, and the headquarters of Sematech, a not-for-profit R&D consortium to advance chip manufacturing in Saratoga County.
In addition to 20 active and dynamic synagogues, and a strong Chabad presence, the Federation supports two Jewish day schools (Bet Shraga Hebrew Academy of the Capital District and Maimonides Hebrew Day School), Daughters of Sarah Senior Community, Jewish Family Services of Northeastern NY , Robert & Dorothy Ludwig Schenectady Jewish Community Center, Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center, The Massry Residence (assisted living), University at Albany Hillel, Center for Jewish Studies at UAlbany and a broad array of Jewish programs including Missions to Israel and a partnership program with the Eshkol region, located near the Gaza Strip, in Israel.
Federation has several professional organizations including a strong Women’s Philanthropy division and a robust Young Leadership Division (NextDor). Among our well-attended programs are TOV (Tikkun Olam Volunteers), a collaboration between the Women of Jewish Federation and social service agencies helping people in the community. NextDor engages young professionals though target-specific groups and 11 members attended TribeFest 2012 to connect, explore, and celebrate the richness of our Jewish culture.
Federation has a longstanding reputation for developing dedicated community leaders. The staff (eight full-time and one part-time), partnered with its outstanding volunteers, raising $3.1 million in 2011, with a foundation valued at $12 million. Federation is also a five-time winner of the Sapir Award for Campaign Excellence and boasts a corporate sponsorship program second to none. For more information, visit our website, www.jewishfedny.org
CEO SUCCESS FACTORS
Builds Trusted Relationships
The incumbent will enhance and maintain our community consistent with our vision to support a thriving, vibrant community that engages all Jews in Jewish life. S/he will create and enhance existing, trusted relationships with a range of stakeholders, including volunteers, major donors, prospects, and agency and community leaders. S/he will serve as one of the primary representatives and community spokespersons for Federation, with private and public funders, and with national and international Jewish organizations, partners, and beneficiaries.
The President and CEO will promote and advocate for support of Israel to the Jewish community and the community at-large, through a balanced and non-political approach using educational, cultural, and other initiatives.
Inspire Others and Build Commitment
The incumbent will demonstrate a passion for, and a commitment to, Jewish life, Jewish values, the work of Federation, and the Federation movement. S/he will inspire engagement, participation, and commitment from multiple stakeholders, and will be perceived as a leader of the Jewish community. S/he will empower the community members by ensuring that people know their input is heard, is important, and is valued.
S/he will work with the Board and its committees to manage a governance structure that fosters effective partnership and maximizes results. S/he will serve as professional advisor and resource to the Board in all areas of program, finance, agency policy, and governance, and, as a resource to the committees, will attend meetings as needed.
Manage the Organization
Lead and manage our employees by inspiring professional development, training, and excellence. Respectfully resolve staff differences and promote a productive environment where projects are tracked and completed. The incumbent will oversee the finances and budget of the organization and be responsible for required reports.
Lead and Manage Change
A forward thinking individual who promotes a creative culture, s/he will support new approaches including new technology, social media, ideas and services. The incumbent will be a community leader and a collaborator among the agencies and synagogues, utilizing those platforms to engage the community and build consensus for growth, change, and innovation. Key areas of focus will be 1) foster stronger collaboration between area synagogues and Jewish communal agencies; 2) Reduce fiscal burden associated with community memberships; 3) Increase connections and cohesiveness among community members residing in the northern areas of Federation’s region; 4) Revamp Federation’s allocations process to stimulate development of creative programming that fosters community integration; 5) Increase coordination and sharing services throughout the community; 6) Strengthen efforts to develop leaders among the community’s young adults.
The incumbent is responsible for the stewardship of existing major donors and the development of new major donors. If necessary, s/he will be the lead fundraiser, managing the professional and volunteer staff. S/he will support current initiatives like the Challenge Grant and Matching Gift Programs, and empower the team to build on these with other creative tools with which Federation can further enhance fundraising.
Think and Act Strategically
With the ability to see the big picture, the President and CEO will successfully translate the vision and mission of Federation into objectives, strategies, activities, and deliverables. The strategic focus will be around six key areas: Jewish Continuity, In-reach, Outreach, Social Services, Israel, and Synagogue/Federation Relations.
The President and CEO will represent the Northeastern New York Jewish community, and demonstrate professional and personal confidence and a positive approach in a wide range of social situations. Cognizant of his/her own strengths and weaknesses, the President and CEO will be an approachable, accessible professional who is respected, and to whom the Jewish community can go to for support and leadership.
Bachelor’s degree (minimum) with strategic leadership and management experience in business, government, academic, non-profit sectors, Jewish community or another transferable management setting. Successful track record of working with a board and sensitivity to the volunteer-professional partnership. Commitment to, and enthusiastic about, Federation’s mission.
A competitive compensation package is available for the successful candidate.
Please contact Sandra Leshaw, of the JFNA Mandel Center, who is conducting the search on behalf of Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York. Submit a cover letter and resume to Sandra.firstname.lastname@example.org.